October 11, 2013

The Great Unwinding: Iranian Nuclear Negotiations and Principles for Sanctions Relief

In The Great Unwinding: Iranian Nuclear Negotiations and Principles for Sanctions Relief, Elizabeth Rosenberg, director of the Energy, Environment and Security program and Dr. Colin Kahl, Middle East program director, note that the Iranian regime may be ready to limit its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. But, they add, the real test will come with the resumption of nuclear talks in Geneva on October 15-16 when the parties will have to confront taking concrete steps.

Ms. Rosenberg and Dr. Kahl outline the challenges to the Obama Administration in striking “the appropriate balance between relieving sanctions and concessions on the nuclear issue.” They offer suggestions on how to move forward through U.S. executive action, congressional legislation and European Union moves but caution that, as a hedge, relief from sanctions “should also include provisions for automatic reinstatement if Iran does not comply with the terms of any nuclear agreement.”


  • Colin H. Kahl

    Middle East Security

    Dr. Colin H. Kahl is an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the former National Securi...

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Elizabeth Rosenberg is a former Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. In this capacity, she publ...

  • Commentary
    • World Politics Review
    • July 7, 2020
    Why Stopping Environmental Crime Is a Matter of National Security

    Last week, the presidency of the Financial Action Task Force, the global intergovernmental standard-setter for combatting illicit financial threats, passed from China to Germa...

    By ​Neil Bhatiya

  • Commentary
    • World Politics Review
    • July 9, 2019
    Can Tariffs and Sanctions Lead to a Better Climate Change Strategy?

    A little more than two years since he announced in the Rose Garden that the United States was “getting out” of the Paris climate change agreement, President Donald Trump was i...

    By ​Neil Bhatiya

  • Commentary
    • The Diplomat
    • October 30, 2017
    Climate Change: The New Asian Drama

    When the Swedish economist and sociologist Gunnar Myrdal wrote his magisterial three volume study of postwar economic and political development in Asia, he questioned whether ...

    By ​Neil Bhatiya

    • Commentary
    • Foreign Policy
    • June 1, 2017
    Why Abandoning Paris Is a Disaster for America

    Ever the showman, President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday about his soon-to-be-announced decision on whether or not to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement with the air of...

    By Julianne Smith

View All Reports View All Articles & Multimedia